THEY may be more commonly heard on popular TV series and seen on the web.
But now words including side boob (the side part of a woman’s breast), YOLO (short for you only live once) and listicle (an Internet article in the form of a numbered or bullet-pointed list) have made it into the online Oxford Dictionaries, published by Oxford University Press.
Other new entries announced today in the latest upgrade to the free online dictionary include neckbeard (growth of hair on a man’s neck), side-eye (a sidelong glance expressing disapproval or contempt), adorbs (short for adorable), tech-savvy and cray.
Editors said changes in how we find news and entertainment are part of the reason our language is changing.
Use of the word binge-watch – to watch lots of episodes of a particular television show – has become more common over the past two years, with spikes around the Netflix series of House of Cards and Orange is The New Black.
Oxford Dictionaries editor Katherine Connor Martin said last night: “One of the advantages of our unique language monitoring programme is that it enables us to explore how English language evolves differently across the world.
“Some new slang and informal words catch on much more quickly in a particular variety of English.
“For instance, in our monitoring sample, ‘side boob’ is more than 10 times more common in the UK than in the US, whereas ‘adorbs’ is used about four times more often in the US.”
Among the new entries are:
- Air punch: Thrusting a clenched fist up into the air, typically as a gesture of triumph.
- Bank of Mum and Dad: Relying on your parents for financial help.
- Bro-hug: Friendly embrace between two men
- Cotch: Spend time relaxing; stay or sleep somewhere on a temporary basis.
- E-cig: Another term for an electronic cigarette.
- Humblebrag: To make a self-deprecating statement in order to draw attention to something you’re proud of.
- Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone's contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.
11:20am Monday 28th July 2014
What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.
Our top stories
UPDATED: Fifty homes affected as burst water main causes significant flooding in Normandy Crescent in Oxford
7:37am Tuesday 23rd September 2014
A WATER main has burst in an Oxford street causing significant flooding this morning.
1:20pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014
A MAN has appeared in court charged with raping a woman in Headington over the weekend.
Police force will not lose 400 officers says chief constable despite police and crime commissioner claim
12:32pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014
THE Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police has said the force is not set to lost 400 officers despite claims made by Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld at the weekend.
UPDATE: Delays on rail services between Oxford and London after two killed by train in "suspicious incident"
9:55am Tuesday 23rd September 2014
There are delays on rail services to London after a two people were killed when they were hit by a train in Slough.
11:10am Tuesday 23rd September 2014
A MAN has been charged after a woman was raped in a flat in Headington on Saturday and another woman attacked in South Park on Sunday.
8:40am Tuesday 23rd September 2014
A ROAD shut after a car was engulfed in flames has now fully reopened.